Many Are Called

Many Are Called
by Walker Evans

Duke Ellington’s “Take the ‘A’ Train” immortalized New York City’s subways at the speed of jazz. Walker Evans’s 35-mm photographs in Many Are Called (first published in book form in 1966) did so at one-fiftieth of a second. Using his Contax camera surreptitiously from between the folds of his topcoat, Evans copped over six hundred photos on the Lexington Avenue and Broadway lines from 1938 to 1941. On the one-hundredth anniversary of the...

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Patrick Jordan is a former managing editor of Commonweal.